Liv­ing Grand

Com­bin­ing lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing with an in­vig­o­rat­ing leisure and well­be­ing fa­cil­ity. Cen­tara Grand & Bangkok Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at CEN­TRALWORLD of­fers an ex­cep­tion­ally fab­u­lous stay ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of Bangkok.

Maxx-M - - CHECK IN - Text by Den­nis Latif | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Cen­tara Ho­tels & Resorts

Bangkok, the city that never sleeps, has long lured vis­i­tors with its unique charms. Some say this is the city of con­trasts with ac­tion at ev­ery turn. Bangkok is not only a home to op­u­lent Palaces and sa­cred Tem­ples but also a home to vi­brant nightlife and mod­ern high-rise build­ings. It is never a dull mo­ment here in this City of An­gels, that is why trav­el­ing there is never bor­ing, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Bangkok is one of Asia’s best cos­mopoli­tan cities, and at the very heart of it is Cen­tara Grand & Bangkok Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Cen­tralWorld, whichisa­ful­ly­in­te­grat­ed­ho­tel,con­ven­tion­cen­ter, and lifestyle leisure com­plex. Where busi­ness and leisure per­fectly meet in such so­phis­ti­ca­tion and el­e­gance right in cen­tral Bangkok. The five-star Cen­tara Grand & Bangkok Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Cen­tralWorld Ho­tel cap­tures the essence of mod­ern Bangkok with­out leav­ing the gen­uine Thai hos­pi­tal­ity. The ho­tel is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Cen­tralWorld Mall and of­fers di­rect ac­cess to other ma­jor shop­ping malls and BTS Sky­train via a shel­tered sky­walk, which is very con­ve­nient. As I stepped into the ground lobby, the team es­corted me to the 23rd floor, where the re­cep­tion­ist and check-in ar­eas are lo­cated. All 505 rooms and suites at Cen­tara Grand & Bangkok Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Cen­tralWorld are sit­u­ated from the 28th floor up­wards and fea­tures wide glass walls with panoramic views over the city. I stayed in a Deluxe World Room type on the 42nd­floor, it was quite spa­cious and had an in­ter­est­ing lay­out with a floor-to-ceil­ing win­dow that formed a curve shape of­fer­ing a ma­jes­tic view of the Bangkok’s sky­line. The rooms’ de­sign goes well with ei­ther leisure or busi­ness trav­el­ers; it has in­di­vid­u­ally con­trolled air-con­di­tion­ing, en­suite bath­rooms, in­ter­net ac­cess, flat-screen TV with satel­lite pro­grams, pay-per-view movies, ra­dio and in-house mu­sic, minibar, safe-de­posit box, mul­ti­me­dia con­nec­tor, and tea and cof­fee mak­ers. The World, the din­ing restau­rant on the 24thfloor of the ho­tel, serves Break­fast all-day. On of­fer is a wide se­lec­tion of all-you-can-eat buf­fet, from lo­cal fla­vors to in­ter­na­tional cuisines. But one of my fa­vorite din­ing venues at this ho­tel is the Uno Mas, a unique rooftop restau­rant serv­ing the finest Span­ish & Mediter­ranean cui­sine in the

most spec­tac­u­lar Al­fresco panoramic city view. Lo­cated on the 54th floor, Uno Mas brings the warm­ness of Europe’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion in three unique set­tings as you em­bark on an un­for­get­table jour­ney of cul­ture and cui­sine through the vi­brant Ibe­rian Penin­sula. Be­sides the ex­cep­tional Span­ish and Mediter­ranean cui­sine amidst the stun­ning view of Bangkok’s sky­scrapers, Uno Mas dis­plays an eight-me­tre wine tower fea­tur­ing over 2,000 bot­tles, a truly wine afi­ciona­dos heaven. For starters, I had Alaskan salmon “Ti­ra­dito” with cit­rus mari­nade and “Gam­bas Pil Pil” which con­tains prawns, gar­lic, pa­prika and cayenne siz­zling in olive oil, all the in­gre­di­ents were very fresh and well cooked, it left me want­ing more. Luck­ily I had the main course com­ing up; it was a per­fectly grilled wagyu rib eye “A la Piedra” fol­lowed by mouth-wa­ter­ing duck leg con­fit with Foie gras “Pyrenees Paella.” The taste was mes­mer­iz­ing and au­then­tic, bring­ing the soul of Spain to your ta­ble. An­other high­light of this restau­rant is the Span­ish “Co­chinillo” Asado; it is a half slow roasted Se­go­vian style suck­ling pig with nat­u­ral gravy, green mojo sauce, and nam jim jeaw. What makes it unique is the way it’s served; be­cause the meat is so ten­der, they cut it on a small plate, and then break the plate as a sign of good luck in the Span­ish tra­di­tion. On the 26th floor is a com­plete per­sonal health and well-be­ing cen­ter with a 24-hour fit­ness fa­cil­ity, aer­o­bics stu­dio, and two flood­lit ten­nis courts. The ho­tel’s out­door swim­ming pool, com­plete with a Jacuzzi, sun deck sand a pool bar, pro­vides a re­lax­ing spot in the heart of bustling Bangkok. In­te­gral to this area is SPA Cen­va­ree, an award-win­ning sanc­tu­ary that of­fers a wide range of holis­tic ex­pe­ri­ences, beauty treat­ments and ther­a­peu­tic mas­sages, avail­able in­di­vid­u­ally or as mul­ti­ple treat­ment spa jour­neys for sin­gles as well as cou­ples. I had a two hour Spa Buf­fet treat­ment, which of­fers var­i­ous treat­ments from Her­bal Steam Ther­apy, Suc­cu­lent Straw­berry Scrub, Aro­mather­apy oil mas­sage, Thai mas­sage, sig­na­ture or­ganic fa­cial and much more, for me to choose from within a time­frame. I love the tran­quil­ity and peace­ful­ness of the place; it feels like I am trans­ported from the heart of the bustling city into my own pri­vate serene sanc­tu­ary. The skill­ful hands of the ther­a­pist eased my sore mus­cles and re­laxed my mind, I felt so re­freshed and sat­is­fied af­ter­ward. Cen­tralWorld it­self is one of the big­gest lifestyle and shop­ping cen­ters in South­east Asia, of­fer­ing 500 shops and boutiques, 100 restau­rants and dozens of first-class en­ter­tain­ment and recre­ation­alout­letsin­cludinga15-screencin­ema com­plex, mak­ing this place is a des­ti­na­tion of its own. Ad­ja­cent to the Cen­tralWorld, Cen­tara Grand & Bangkok Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Cen­tralWorld suc­cess­fully cap­ture the essence of moder­nity and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of Bangkok in world-class ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties en­sur­ing that your stay is an ex­cit­ing and mem­o­rable one. Cen­tara Grand & Bangkok Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Cen­tralWorld 999/99 Rama I Road Bangkok – Thailand Phone. +66 (0)2 100 1234 www.cen­tara­ho­tel­sre­sorts.com

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